- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (20 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008307733
- ISBN-13: 978-0008307738
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 6 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 962 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) Hardcover – 20 Nov 2018
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Just an afterthought: When an author hasn't released a numbered book in 8 years, and a TV series based on your work runs its course and ends before you release another novel in your series, you may be better off releasing nothing at all and releasing backstory stuff like this AFTER you finish your series... I do feel for the readers who have been with this series since 1996...
I told my husband not to bother even reading it. All the names starting with A made for a confusing mix
of characters. The stories seemed to be all over the place. I am a die hard Game of Thrones Fan too.
The book itself purports to be the first volume of the history of the early Targaryen kings, from Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters through to Aegon III. There are twenty-three chapters and although my interest flagged towards the end, I mostly enjoyed it. I’m told, by those more familiar than I am, with the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, that much of the material is not new. I can’t comment on that as most of it was new to me.
My favourite part? The seven chapters dealing with the fifty-year reign of Jaehaerys I, his Queen Alysanne and their children. This read like, well, a history.
Is it worth reading? Probably not for those who’ve been immersed in the series since the beginning. I’m glad I read it: I borrowed a copy from my local library.
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